The #1 bestselling phenomenon continues in the eighth Stephanie Plum novel. The stakes get higher, the crimes get nastier, the chases get faster, and the men get hotter. This time Stephanie, Morelli, Ranger. Lula, Valerie, and Grandma Mazur are strapped in for the ride of their lives. Stephanie is hired to find a missing child. But things aren't always as they seem and Stephanie must determine if she's working for the right side of the law. Plus, there's the Morelli question: can a Jersey girl keep her head on straight when more than just bullets are aimed for her heart? And with the Plum and Morelli relationship looking rocky, is it time for Ranger to move in for the kill? Janet Evanovich's latest thriller proves that Hard Eight will never be enough.
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“The runaway winner as the best overall gambling encyclopedia written in the past 20 years.”—Detroit Free Press Walk away from every casino a winner! Take it from Mensa, the society for people with high IQs: you don’t have to be a genius to triumph at the tables. Here’s the inside line on the games and bets that give the best advantage. Do you know whether to split a pair of aces in blackjack, which slot machines carry the worst payback for the player, and why losses are more significant at video than “live” keno? Beat the bank by understanding all this and more, including odds and probability, the “house edge,” money management, and gambling psychology. The chips will just pile up. The author lives in New York, NY.
What does a young Navajo lad do when he discovers buried treasure worth over $500,000, just after he joins the Navy? Combine that problem with the discovery of a wrecked and abandoned high-technology aircraft -- would you try to fix it, or turn it in? He has just graduated and has to make the decision as to what direction he must go. Al has studied Russian and German and thinks that being a technical interpreter may be a good job in the Navy. He enlists the help of his Uncle Ben, a retired Navy helicopter pilot and medicine man with his Korean girlfriend, Mae Lee. Together with his mother, they decide to use some of the money to form a study group research teaching untrained Navajos to become wage earners in an area of high chronic unemployment—The Four Corners side of New Mexico. In a childhood of being a loner, he develops skill at being a leader with a massive curiosity. He loves his mother who raised him after his father abandoned them in poverty in a harsh land. Their project is joined by others who add wonderful ideas to the task. Al's knowledge of how to use the Internet to acquire requested information starts to expand the envelope. Al has learned gambling games such as craps and video poker on his computer with no money. He learns that it is different in the real world of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Al Joe look for a hobby and finds that prospecting for rocks, minerals, historical artifacts and history can be exciting. Are the Anasazi the predecessors of the Navajo tribe? How did they come to the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Where did they go? What do the pictographs mean that are found in the castle-like ruins of Mesa Verde, Aztec, and Cholla parks? Al's team investigates possible future developments in housing, aerial fire fighting equipment, new power sources, gravity-based appliances, prospecting, treasure hunting and a different way to change forest lumber production. The Author (below) has spent thirty years working with these proud people and has spun this yarn hoping you will enjoy the romp.
An illustrated mid-career monograph exploring the 30-year creative journey of the 8-time Academy Award–nominated writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson has been described as "one of American film's modern masters" and "the foremost filmmaking talent of his generation." Anderson's ï¬?lms have received 25 Academy Award nominations, and he has worked closely with many of the most accomplished actors of our time, including Lesley Ann Manville, Julianne Moore, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, and Philip Seymour Hoï¬€man. In Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks, Anderson’s entire career—from Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), and Phantom Thread (2017) to his music videos for Radiohead to his early short ï¬?lms—is examined in illustrated detail for the ï¬?rst time. Anderson’s inï¬‚uences, his style, and the recurring themes of alienation, reinvention, ambition, and destiny that course through his movies are analyzed and supplemented by ï¬?rsthand interviews with Anderson’s closest collaborators—including producer JoAnne Sellar, actor Vicky Krieps, and composer Jonny Greenwood—and illuminated by ï¬?lm stills, archival photos, original illustrations, and an appropriately psychedelic design aesthetic. Masterworks is a tribute to the dreamers, drifters, and evil dentists who populate his world.
A professional gambler offers his secrets for winning at all major casino games, with tips on betting strategies, successful money management, and self-control under pressure. 64 illustrations.